(Note: if you are here from my YouTube Channel, details of my Esty, Folksy and Amazon shops can be found at the end of this post. You will also find the link to the free digital design at the end too.)

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

Paper bead ideas come to me all the time as I have been obsessed with paper beads since the 70s.

And as someone who is also obsessed with sploshing paint around, despite having no particular talent for it, I always have hundreds of ordinary but colorful abstract paintings laying around begging to be turned into paper beads.

One of my favourite ways of making abstract art is by using a Gelli plate with acrylics and like many gelatin print enthusiasts, I have literally hundreds, if not thousands of fairly mediocre paintings stuffed in portfolios and drawers.

Many people use their Gelatin prints to make beautiful cards but making paper beads is another fantastic way to use your art to save it from being shut away forever.

Watch my latest YouTube video to see how I do it.

It’s exciting to actually use all the hundreds of gelli plate prints we produce to create truly unique pieces of jewelry from paper beads

A few of the hundreds of mediocre Gelli prints I have.

Paper bead ideas in action! This is what I made from a single Gelli print that was hiding away in my stash of ‘nothing special’ prints.

A necklace made using one of my Gelli Plate prints.

For those who don’t know what Gelli/Gelatin Plate printing is, it’s a very easy and exciting way to paint using a thick, floppy rectangle of what looks and feels like Jello (jelly if you are in the UK).

It’s used in conjunction with a small roller or brayer as it is also known.

The exciting thing about gelatin printing (also called mono printing) is that while it is used by professional artists to produce stunning pieces of wall art, it can also be used by amateurs and hobbyists to experiment with paint in an easy way that enables them to produce beautiful, unique work.

Journal pages very quickly created using a gelatin printing plate and acrylic paints.

If you want to see how I create my gelatin prints for journals, click here to watch.

And later in this post, I will introduce you to professional artist Miranda Grayling who combines Gelli plate with mono printing and silk screen printing to produce stunning artwork which sells really well.

Paper bead ideas come thick and fast when you go though your stash of ‘unremarkable’ prints.

And lets face it, unless we are professional artists or highly competant amateurs, us Gelatin printers do have stacks of so-so prints that we don’t quite know what to do with.

No I have not saturated the colours in any of these images – the brightness is because I used some fluorescent paints alongside the ‘quieter’ ones.

We all play with Gelli printing for different reasons. My reason is definitely because it is a source of calm when I feel stressed.

For me, the act, or process of creating the prints is the main reason I create that way.

The end product is not the focus of each session. I think this has become even more obvious to me during this awful world crisis where we have all been locked up.

Out of all the arts and crafts I do, Gelli plate/Mono printing has been the activity I have gravitated to the most when I have felt unusually stressed and low during the last few months.

I haven’t really been thinking about what I am producing. The real purpose was to simply do something creative and enjoy the time while I was doing it without worrying about the end result.

And so now I have an even bigger stock of Gelli print paintings/stroke backgrounds to use for my paper bead ideas.

The many paintings I produced over the last 7 months, while feeling upset and worried like millions of other people, kept me busy while my emotions were up and down.

It was an escape because sometimes I would spend hours and hours just doing print after print after print to keep from going mad.

I have now paused the printing and am slowly begining to cut the prints up to make jewelry.

While I have been having fun cutting up my Gelli prints, my friend Miranda has been busy selling hers at an exhibition in Denmark.

Miranda Grayling is a UK based artist who regularly sells her work at exhibitions both here and abroad.

I highlight her work here to show the spectrum of ability that the Gelli plate printing supports.

Anyone from an absolute, ‘never done it before’, beginner to a pro like Miranda can use the Gelli plate to explore their creativity and grow as a creator.

It should be said though, that Miranda does also combine her mono-printing with silk-screen printing to create her beautiful collages but for hobbyists who are learning, the Gelli plate alone does hold a myriad of possibilities for making wonderful layered images.

You can visit Miranda’s FaceBook page, Artwork By Miranda by clicking here.

And now for the free digital download I promised in my video…

Get this painting to print and make these beads, Link to image below.

Click here to get your free download.

Please see here for the Terms & Conditions of using my free printables. There aren’t many but please respect them.

If you want to buy the bead tool and the paper bead template (I use in the video), for easily marking out your bead strips see below for info.

If you are UK or Europe based, please go to my Folksy shop.

If you are USA based or any other non European country, please go to my Etsy shop.

If you want to buy a Gelli plate and brayer (roller) see below for details of my Amazon shops.

My shops are stocked with an array of the lovely art and craft products I use in my videos. Well worth a browse.

UK based customers click here.

US based customers click here.

See my Amazon Affiliate statement here.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you have a ton of fun exploring these paper bead ideas – pop over to my YouTube channel and leave me a comment.

As I have just reached 10,000 subscribers over on my YouTube channel, I am celebrating by giving you two free digital downloads to use in your crafts.

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

See here for terms and conditions for using my free digital downloads.

How to make round paper beads is a question I get asked by crafters all the time.

One of my YouTube viewers asked this question recently, so Abie M. – here are a couple of ideas for how to make round paper beads.

And as Alison K. also asked me for ideas on how to make beads from toilet tissue (see the pretty turquoise beads above), I decided to combine answering those two questions in one video.

You can watch that video over on my YouTube channel by clicking here.

First of all, in the video I made on how to make round paper beads, you will see me making these small round beads.

And to make these paper beads, I designed a template in two parts which is my first digital download giveaway of this post.

I strung my beads with gold spacer beads to make this bracelet.

To get the round paper bead digital downloads, look at the links below and see which one you need.

I have made them in US Letter size and UK A4 size – so click whichever you need.

US Letter Size Templates

Round Bead Template US Letter Size Part 1

Round Bead Template US Letter Size Part 2

UK A4 Size Templates

Round Bead Template UK A4 Size Part 1

Round Bead Template UK A4 Size Part 2

Make sure you get both parts. And once you have them, watch the video on how to use them.

The two part template I designed to make these round beads using 200gsm paper.

If you are wondering how to make round paper beads, you will find this template really helpful but you must print it onto the same thickness of paper that I did to get the same look.

I used 200 gsm heavyweight matt coated paper from Rymans in the UK but I believe the US equivilent to the UK 200 gsm is around 110 lb but you may want to check that conversion out yourself.

So that’s one way to make roundish paper beads. Below you can see more round paper beads that I made with toilet tissue.

When you are thinking of how to make round paper beads – you may not immediately think of using toilet tissue 🤔

But toilet tissue makes fabulous round beads that are extremely hard and durable if you follow the instructions I give in the video.

YouTube viewer Alison K. asked about making beads from toilet tissue and so I made the ones you see here.

I have used this method many times before, but usually using decorative table napkins instead of toilet tissue.

Yes – these are made from toilet tissue!

These are quite bulky to have as bracelet beads, unless you love the chunky look – I strung eight beads on a length of black 1mm round elastic and wore them as a necklace slung quite low.

I absolutley love turquoise, black and gold together and I show you in my tutorial how I decorated the beads to get this look.

But you can decorate yours however you want of course.

And now we come to the second paper bead strip design giveaway.

From me to you – a free digital down load to print off, cut up and make into beads.

In the tutorial, how to make round paper beads, I have included a quick video showing you how to make these beads with tips on how to finish them really nicely.

There are a couple of things you can do when rolling beads like these to make them look more professional and I include those tips in the video.

See what I do to make these beads really pop.

And here are your free downloads for making these beads.

Turquoise, blue and black decorative paper bead strips US Letter Size download.

Turquoise, blue and black decorative paper bead strips UK A4 Size download.

I added silver metal spacer beads to make this necklace.

Was my ‘How To Make Round Paper Beads’ video useful to you?

If you used either of the free printable templates let me know how you got on by commenting over on my YouTube channel.

And if you are still stuck at home, you might like to visit my Amazon shops for some supplies I use in my tutorials:



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Hopefully you will now have some idea of how to make round paper beads – thanks for being here and see you next time with more crafty ideas.😎

how to make european style beads

And by the way, there is a free printable further on in this post but take note…

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

European Style Paper Beads

European style paper beads are very easy to make when you have my two part printable template.

My carefully designed two part European paper bead template.

The template is available in my Etsy shop and my tutorial on how to use the template to make these black and gold european style paper beads is over on my YouTube channel.

I spent absolutely ages trying to figure out how to get that distinctive European style of paper bead.

Getting this shape eluded me for a long time – but then I cracked it and you can too with my template.

After many failed attempts, a few years ago, I finally got it right with a combination of a carefully graduated two part paper beadstrip template and 210gsm (78lb) paper card.

If you want to make European style paper beads like mine, have a look at my video to see just how I get the gold design on them.

You’ll be shocked at how easy it is and what the possibilities are for all sorts of decorative paper beads made this way.

Six European Style Paper Beads on a bangle – simple!

And in case you think there is no free printable with this post…

You’re wrong – hooray!

Included in the tutorial on how to make european style paper beads is a brief look at another paper bead template I designed to make 1 inch regular paper beads in earth warm spring-like colours.

My latest free printable to make this bracelet…
So simple to make using my free paper beadstrip printable.

This is a really simple bracelet to make – the beads are easy to cut out and roll.

The strips can be cut out with scissors or with a Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine (as seen in the video).

You can probably use a Cricut machine too – let me know if you do.

To get my free printable in UK A4 size click here.

To get it in US Letter size click here.

It’s that simple! No passwords anymore.

And if you are here because you wanted to find out how to make European style paper beads…

…you might want to know where to get my 3mm paper bead rolling tool and other materials/tools I use in the tutorial.

My 3mm paper bead rolling tool is available in my Etsy shop

I ship my tools all over the world. They are simple to use because of the gently shaped handle which is very comfortable to hold.

Good for those who find it hard to hold tools.

Watch the video by clicking here and leave me a comment or ask a question on YouTube!

And for the other items I use in my tutorials, visit my Amazon shops where you will find lots of craft goodies. including the wonderful Silhouette Cameo cutting machine like I use in the video.



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I hope this post helps if you are looking for info on how to make European style paper beads – check back soon for more freebies and more ideas.

making jewelry to sell
This is my latest free printable. Free for you to download and use to make jewelry to sell. A link to the download is further down this page – so keep reading!

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

Making Jewelry To Sell – Five Things Beginners Need To Know.

In this post, I am going to talk about making jewelry to sell and giving you suggestions for a quick and easy way to begin, even if you are not artistic or full of creative ideas.

By the end of this post, you will know how to quickly begin creating attractive handmade jewelry that you can sell online or at craft fairs.

My latest free printable for making beautiful zodiac pendants. See my YouTube video for how to use the designs.

Although I do sell craft printables on Etsy, I also regularly give away free printables on here for those who may appreciate having designs they can use when making jewlery to sell.

In this and future posts, I will be showing paid for designs that you can buy for a few dollars in my Etsy shop but I will also be giving out new free printables on here as well to ensure everyone has access to designs they can use freely.

On sale in my Etsy shop – £3 – Can be used to make pendants to sell

So for those who are new to making handmade jewlery, here are the five main things you need to know when making jewlery to sell.

A glass cabochon pendant made with one of my previous free printables. Very fast to make.
  • Your handmade pendant/bracelet/bag charm/keychain must be quick and easy to make.
    Otherwise, you will not be able to make enough stock to make a worthwhile profit. You should be able to make plenty of stock quickly if you want to make money. And unless you are making high-end gold or silver handmade jewelry, you will not be able to set your prices based on how long it took you to create a piece.

    If you are a beginner to crafts or handmade jewlery, a very good place to start is making glass cabochon jewelry which is quick and easy to make but is also attractive and looks professional.

    The four main elements of glass cabochon jewlery are:
  • The pendant bezel, which is the metal tray that the design sits in.
  • The design – an image that sits under the glass cabochon.
  • The glass cabochon, or dome, that sits on top of the design to protect it
  • A chain to hang the pendant on.

    You can see how to put these elements together in this YouTube tutorial.
Handmade glass Cabochon Jewelry

2. Your jewelry needs to be made with good quality, robust materials that will not fall apart.

The challenge you face in selling handmade jewelry is sourcing good findings that don’t cost the earth and yet still produce an impressive, good quality product you can sell at the right price.

The pendant trays and glass cabochons that I use in my jewelry are a good example of how it is possible to find good quality supplies at the right price.

Making jewlery to sell
Pendant bezels – the basis for your handmade pendants.

And I will be giving links further down, showing where you can get these supplies to use either with your own designs or, with the free designs I post on here.

In the images above, you can see three of my previous free printables which are still available. All you need to do is click the link to go to the post where you will find links to the videos showing how I used them. And in those videos you will be given a password to get into the download page for each design.
Pristine square glass cabochons – round ones are also available.

3. Your jewelry needs to be priced just right in order to attract buyers.

To see what I mean, have a look at the handmade jewelry being sold on platforms such as Etsy. Look for stores that have lots of sales and take note of their pricing and quality.

Then look for stores that have beautiful handmade jewelry but very low sales and look at the pricing. Is it too high? Is that why people are not buying?

You can learn a lot about the handmade market by Etsy surfing and seeing what sells well and at what price.

Being able to source decent findings, at a good price and of a standard good enough to use as a base for your designs, is the key to being able to sell at a price people will be willing to pay.

If your base supplies are very expensive and it takes you two days to make one item of jewelry, the chances are you will not be able to charge enough to cover your time and costs and make a profit.

4. Your jewelry needs to be unique and any designs used must not infringe copyright.

Cabochon jewelry is all based around having an eyecatching design at the heart of the piece. That is the point of cabochon pendants, keychains, bag charms, fridge magnets or card toppers. You need an attractive design that will go under the glass cabochon and be the main focus of the piece.

For these pendants, I used some of my own artwork in bronze and silver colored bezels.

But what if you are not confident with your design skills or artistic capability?

Does that mean you can use pictures from the internet instead of creating your own designs?

This is where you need to be very careful.

Using designs that belong to individuals or organisations without their permission is a bad move.

The rule of thumb is this – if you did not create the image/painting/drawing you want to use, there will be copyright issues to consider and consider them you must.

Using any images, icons, characters from, for example, a Disney movie could get you into a lot of trouble.

Do not be fooled by those who appear to be getting away with breaking copyright by using well known characters, logos, names, images etc on their products – do not follow suit.

Whatever money you make is not worth what will happen when copyright owners catch up with you. It really isn’t. So what do you do?

You can either buy designs from online shops such as Etsy or look for free printables like the ones I give away on here.

If you buy designs, you must check to see if you are allowed to use them to make items you are going to sell.

The same goes for free printables. Always check with the seller’s Terms & Conditions for the limitations are on how you can use them. Most sellers publish their T’s & C’s on the page where they are selling the download.

My free printables can be used freely to make jewelry, bag charms, fridge magnets, card toppers or keychains to sell.

The only restriction I place on my free printables is that they must only be used to create a jewelry item in which the design is used. They must not be sold on, or given away, as a sheet of designs or repackaged in any way to be sold as is.

There are Terms & Conditions on the download pages with each free download.

If in doubt, you can always contact me through the contact form to ask.

5. Presentation – Your handmade items need to be presented/packaged properly

Before you begin to make items to sell, you need to give some thought to how you will package them.

Organza bags are a cost effective way to present your jewelry

Organza bags such as those you see above are a great way to present your pendants etc.

They are easy to get online and will not add too much to the costs of making your items.

Another way to present your work that will not cost you too much is to fix your jewelry to a piece of card that you have stamped with a decorative stamp.

You could combine this with the organza bag if you wanted to – just slip the card into the bag and this will finish things off nicely.

You can also buy small boxes but of course the more sophisticated your packaging, the more your costs will eat into your profit.

As you can see, making jewelry to sell is fairly straightforward if you follow these five tips.

If you still feel daunted by the thought of what you will use for designs, just go ahead and watch my YouTube video tutorials in which I give the passwords for the pages on this site where the free printables are, download the designs, print them off and make your first pendants, bag charms, keychains, fridge magnets, card toppers or whatever other items you can think of.

Here are links to the YouTube videos showing how I used my previous giveaways:

My latest free printable is a set of Zodiac designs using a background design I did with a heavenly theme.

How the designs look in pendants
Free printable

Click here to go to the download page for this free printable – pssst – no password needed this time!

There is also another set of Zodiac signs, in white and on a different background, available to download in my Etsy shop.

Available to download in my Etsy shop

So now that you have some designs to use, where do you get these bezels, glass cabochons and chains?

It’s easy – everything you need to start making cabochon pendants to sell is all under one roof in my Amazon storefront. Follow this link if you are UK based and then go to the Craft Supplies section where you will find everything you need.

If you are US based, please click here.

And to read my Amazon Affiliate statement, please click here.

There are also double-sided tapes in my stores but I have not used them myself and so I don’t know if they are crystal clear.

If you want to use the double-sided tape that I use to make my pendants click the link below. It looks red because it has a red liner which you peel off and discard.

If you having been looking for an easy, relatively inexpensive way to explore selling handmade jewelry online, I hope this has helped.

Feel free to ask me questions via the contact form or in the comments section below the YouTube tutorial that goes with this post.

Good luck with making jewelry to sell – and don’t forget to subscribe to this blog and to my YouTube channel to keep up with all the free designs I will be posting here.

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

More free printables!

Hi – are you here for the free printables to make these with?

Some ideas for how to use my free printables – see my YouTube video over on Rainbow Lane

To get my free printables, you will need the links to the pages where they are stored.

Please note, these free printables are a thank you for those who follow my YouTube videos. To get acess to the free downloads, you will need to watch my most recent YouTube video and make a note of the passwords I give during the tutorial that will open the free printables downloads pages.

The smallest pendant was made using the last free printable I published back on May 23rd 2020.

free printable

To get the free printable on the left, click here to go to the post and read it through to find out how to download your free printables.

The two larger pendants were made using one of my newest free printables, published on June 6th 2020.

To get the free printable, click here to go to the download page.

For ideas on how to use these free printables – you can watch my tutorial.

You will find my full length tutorial over on Rainbow Lane at YouTube.

And if you have never seen the supplies I use before or simply don’t know where to get them (supplies such as the glass cabochons/domes and pendant bezels) visit one of my Amazon storefronts and browse through there, I have most of what you will need listed there.



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If you want to be sure to get access to all the free printables coming in future, subscribe to this website and also to my Youtube channel where there are lots more videos you may like.

Just a few of the many videos on offer over at Rainbow Lane.

Thanks for being here…

I look forward to seeing you next time with more free printables!

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

Free printables are now a regular feature of this craft blog and this week…

…I am pleased to bring you a colorful design depicting the sun, moon and stars.

Made with the two largest sizes off this week’s free sun moon and stars free printable.

Free printables are very easy to use (as long as you have access to a printer of course!)

Each week, I create a new page on here with a new free printable for you.

The page is always password protected, so you will need the password to get in.

This week’s free printable – Sun, Moon & Stars

To get that free printable password, you need to watch the YouTube tutorial that shows how I used the images.

In that video I will give out the password and all you need to do is write it down, come back here, follow this link and put in the password.

Simple! There is no catch to getting the free printable, the only thing I ask in return is that you watch the video and if you like what I do, perhaps subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel – that’s it! Not a bad deal really😍

Once you have your free printable, you need to print it off on good paper.

But should it be on glossy or matte paper?

Well that depends on how you are going to use your design.

If you intend putting a glass dome over the top using a medium such as Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents, you will need to use a matte finish photographic paper.

Glass dome/cabochon
A glass dome fixed to a circular design with Glossy Accents – the design was printed onto matte paper.
Glossy Accents and Diamond Glaze are brilliant for sticking glass domes to designs printed onto matte paper.

As you can see above, using a special medium like Glossy Accents to stick the design to the glass dome is very effective when your design is printed onto matte paper.

But if you like printing onto glossy paper, as I do, what happens if you try to use a wet medium to stick the glass dome on?

The pendant design on the left was printed onto glossy photo paper and stuck to the glass dome with Diamond Glaze.

The same pendant design on the right was stuck to the glass dome with a special, crystal clear double sided tape designed to be invisible.

In all the years I have been making glass pendants, this is the fastest, easiest, least messy way I have found to fix glass domes in place on my designs for pendants.

When I first decided to experiment with using double sided tape to do this, I had all sorts of disasters. Most double sided tapes have lines in them that you don’t realise are there until you use the tape on something transparent, such as between a glass dome and a design.

Every single ordinary double sided tape I used from the craft store had marks in it.

And then I discovered a company online called SK Tapes and I found the perfect tape to stick the glass domes to my designs.

Design was fixed to glass dome with crytal clear SK Tapes double-sided tape.

This tape is made for commercial use for companies making signs and nameplates etc, however, listed in the description on their website, it does also say for use in arts and crafts.

It’s not as straightforward ordering this as it would be if you were ordering, say, on Amazon for example. You can’t just go and make a few clicks to order.

Don’t be fooled by the red appearance – that’s just the transluscent liner – the tape is crystal clear.

You have to go to their website and go to the products drop-down menu and click through to double-sided tapes (it’s at the top of the menu). Once you are on the double-sided tapes page, click on the one that says, Butt Cut Double-Sided.

On that page is an enquiry button and I sent them a message from there.

When they came back to me, I told them what I wanted, the 25mm one, paid over the phone and they sent it straight out.

It is expensive, but, this is a quality commercial product. Last year, I paid £12.96 for my roll but that included postage and Sales Tax. And it will last me absolutely ages.

USA readers may know of similar products stateside that we don’t have here.

And if you do, please scroll down and leave a comment to let people know what it is called. Or you can leave a comment under the video over on YouTube.

If you want any of the other items I used in my tutorial, such as pendant trays, glass domes, paper punches or ball chains, you can visit my Amazon shops and have a look through the items I have listed on there.

Paper punches do make life easier when cutting any shape accurately. And pendant trays (right) are ideal for making unique gifts for friends and family.

Here are the links to my Amazon shops:



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Next week my YouTube tutorial will be showing you how to use the smallest design on the sun, moon and stars free printable to make a dainty little pendant that will appeal to those who prefer smaller, more delicate necklaces.

Come back next week and join me for that. And if you like my free printables, please consider subscribing to this blog and also my YouTube channel. In the future I will be giving free printable designs to my blog subscribers only, so make sure you sign up now so I know who you are.

It’s really easy to subscribe and I do not share your email address with anyone.

Enjoy your sun, moon and stars free printable – and see you next week.

Art Chill-Out
An image from my chill-out video – See YouTube link below.


(If you are missing the weekly craft tutorial, I’ll let you into a secret, it’s not on YouTube yet but last week I made a step-by-step tutorial over on Instructables showing how to make a beautiful bracelet from a piece of wallpaper and an old pair of pantyhose/tights. See image below.)

A bracelet made purely from discarded scraps.

Art chill-out is a video I put together last week showing a collection of my artwork.

Why? Well sadly I hurt my back and was unable to complete my usual weekly craft tutorial as I was flat on my back.

So, armed with only my iPad, I decided to use a folder full of images I took of my artwork and create a video using the iMovie app.

Then I selected some chilled music to add and I was able to go ahead and publish a video as I usually do each Saturday at 8.30pm London time..

My Art Chill-Out video is for anyone who wants to relax and unwind for ten minutes.

The music is quite soothing and the images are colorful. They are all created by me through painting, photography or digital art. Sometimes I create my pieces using a combination of all three.

So if the current worldwide pandemic mess is stressing you out, watch my art chill-out video and escape into surrealism and fantasy for 10 minutes of peace.

But if it’s crafts that are keeping you sane, go over to my Instrucables page and find out how to turn junk into something useable, wearable and/or very pretty.

See you next week with another craft tutorial and another free craft printable!

And next week I will be giving you an image in three sizes to make a beautiful pendant with a sun moon and stars theme. So subscribe to this blog now if you don’t want to miss out on your free printables.

And if you really want to keep up, go over to my YouTube channel and subscribe there too.

Oh and I hope you enjoy my art chillout video (there is a clue in the video to next Saturday’s free printable😍), can you find it?

paper beads

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

Watch my latest YouTube tutorial and then get my free printable to make this pretty bracelet.

Paper beads still remain my favourite go-to craft of all time.

And with this ongoing crisis, which we all hope will end soon 🤞, I am really enjoying sharing some of my printable paper bead designs for free. My latest YouTube tutorial shows how I used my design, seen below, to make the double strand bracelet above.

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News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

You can make this with my free download printable – details below.

DIY BoHo bracelet – A lovely bright cuff bracelet for you to make using my free printable design.

I’m back this week with another craft tutorial on my YouTube channel and this week, I’ve brought you a chunky cuff design in warm colors with a Mexican influence.

Paper beads made with my free designer template in warm colors with a Mexican feel.

This DIY BoHo bracelet is a stark contrast from the delicate blue and white ceramic look of last week’s project.

Click here to see that post.

DIY BoHo bracelet
Faux china beads made using last weeks free download.

The full tutorial showing how to make this week’s bracelet is over on my YouTube channel where you can get the password to unlock your free DIY BoHo bracelet printable design.

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To make this beautiful bracelet

Why am I giving away a free printable design each week at the moment?

Well, so many people are stranded at home without access to craft supplies right now and so I began my Crafting In a Crisis series of videos that I am uploading each week.

This week is Crafting In a Crisis No 5 and as with the other free downloads, you need to watch the video over on YouTube using the links further up this page and get the password from the video.

In the video I show you yet another way to easily make paper beads without a proper bead tool.

Once you have watched the video and you can go to this link, which is my free downloadables page, and find the design below.

Free Printables

What can you do in return?

All I ask is that you subscribe to this blog. And that is optional. You don’t have to and you can still get any free downloads that I have previously offered to non-subscribers in the past but it would make me very happy to have you here.

Also, at some point soon, I am going to start making my future free printables available to subscribers only.

So subscribe today by clicking on the subscribe button in the menu on the left – see video below. You may have to click the gear icon on the left to get the menu to appear if you are reading this on a held-held device.

It would be lovely to have you subscribe to my YouTube channel as well when you go over to watch the tutorial that goes with this blog post.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope see you next week with a tutorial on how to make faux wooden beads with another free printable I will be uploading.

And for those who don’t have access to the 1mm elastic like I use in my videos for stringing the beads…

…I have a special tip in next week’s tutorial for how you can still make your stretchy bracelet without elastic. Yes really! I’ve been racking my brains for how it couild be done while people can’t get out to buy craft supplies and I have cracked it!

You won’t believe how easy it is!

Hope you enjoy using your DIY Boho bracelet template – see you next week.

News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

Faux willow pattern china beads made from another one of my free printable designs available on this website.

As you may know, I have been making some of my free printable designs available to my YouTube viewers.

Most people worldwide are confined to home at the moment and many may not be finding it easy to get hold of craft supplies.

So that is why I have been trying to think of tutorials using stuff from around the house, such as kitchen towel, like I used in this tutorial to make the bracelet below.

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The bracelet I made using kitchen towel

This week I have been working on some new free printable designs but then I thought of one I designed a few years back.

I will be making the new one available as time goes on but for my YouTube tutorial this week, I have made this pretty faux willow pattern china bead bracelet.

This is the design I use in my face to face workshops with people who are new to making paper beads.

Faux china beads with a willow pattern look.

As with my other free printable designs, my YouTube viewers can download the template for this and follow the tutorial to make this bracelet.

My finished bracelet

All you have to do to get access to the download is watch the video here on YouTube and listen for the password. It is different to last weeks password because it is on a different page. Once you have the password, click here to go to the download page for that design and use the password. Simple!

What if you don’t have all the other things I used to make my bracelet?

As long as you have a printer, a paper shredder (or scissors and a ruler) a bamboo skewer or toothpick and a glue stick, you can make these beads.

If you don’t have the tiny silver beads, craft eyelets or elastic, you can roll lots of beads and then make your bracelets when the craft stores are open again.

I’m not sure if US viewers are able to order on Amazon at the moment but here in the UK we are.

So I will be stocking my Amazon shops for the other things you need in case you are able to order right now.

My Amazon shops are here:



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And what if you don’t have a bead rolling tool?

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The bead tools I manufacture and sell online



Ideally, you will have a bead rolling tool such as the 3mm one you see above.

However, if you don’t have a tool – don’t panic!

In a couple of my previous tutorials, I have given you ideas on how to make paper beads without a tool.

Click the links below to see my other ideas for making paper beads without a bead tool.



This week in my YouTube tutorial, I bring you a third idea and show you how to make a simple homemade paper bead rolling tool that is good enough.

The homemade bead tool is a return to the 70s for me when I was making paper beads this way using cocktail sticks (toothpicks).

This method is fine for making paper beads when you can’t get a proper paper bead tool.

I developed the paper bead rolling tool that I sell online for people who are making lots of beads all the time and need something that is quick and easy to use.

But if you aren’t rolling hundreds of beads, my homemade version will be fine for you.

Have fun everyone and I hope you are enjoying my free printable downloads as much as I enjoy creating them – see you next time with my next tutorial and maybe some more free printable designs!